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post #9931 of 13961
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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

anyone have some modded grados for sale? Preferably around or under 250 or so.

 

The F/S section had a pair of SR-325 drivers in wooden cups, Turbulent Labs 6/7 foot cable, etc. Price was $250 + shipping from Canada.  The seller is a good member here.

 

Edit: Here is the link to the item. http://www.head-fi.org/t/685711/beautiful-wooden-grado-sr-325-modded


Edited by wje - 10/16/13 at 8:45pm
post #9932 of 13961
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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

can someone compare magnum v 4's with grado's?

 

That can be a hard question to answer. The Grado lineup contains several models, and there are differences between them. But, to answer your question generically because I've owned the Magnum v.4 drivers in the past in wooden cups -- The Magnum would fall somewhere between the SR-325i and the RS1i.  The sound would be better than the 325i, but quite possibly not quite as refined as the RS1i.  When I had mine, I also had the Grado HF-2.  I thought the Magnum v.4 edged it out by a slight margin, so I ended up selling my HF-2 at the time.

post #9933 of 13961
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

The F/S section had a pair of SR-325 drivers in wooden cups, Turbulent Labs 6/7 foot cable, etc. Price was $250 + shipping from Canada.  The seller is a good member here.

 

Edit: Here is the link to the item. http://www.head-fi.org/t/685711/beautiful-wooden-grado-sr-325-modded

those are absolutely stunning.

 

 

 

I can't afford anything ATM but I've been really wanting to get a pair of modded grados. I had a pair of woodied sr125i's but sold them after getting my magnums because I wanted to replace the funds I had just lost.

 

 

 

really shouldn't have done that. Oh well. 

post #9934 of 13961
Enjoying Dacmini+MS2i combo right now with some tracks from Lamb of God and Eluveitie, boy this headphones sure can handle metal pretty awesome, the timbre, and the PRaT is excellent, but the technicality is not as good as the RS1i (surely biggrin.gif ) though.. I'm PRaT-ically in love with my MS2i biggrin.gif
post #9935 of 13961
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

That can be a hard question to answer. The Grado lineup contains several models, and there are differences between them. But, to answer your question generically because I've owned the Magnum v.4 drivers in the past in wooden cups -- The Magnum would fall somewhere between the SR-325i and the RS1i.  The sound would be better than the 325i, but quite possibly not quite as refined as the RS1i.  When I had mine, I also had the Grado HF-2.  I thought the Magnum v.4 edged it out by a slight margin, so I ended up selling my HF-2 at the time.

 

 

would you say the magnums or the grados are more engaging? which one is more forward

post #9936 of 13961

For the past 5 years I've been dying to see what all the fuss is about grados. In that time I've owned sennheiser 202,280,419 and the 555; Audio Technica ad700, Denon 2000's and a bunch of others. I picked up a pair of SR80i last night and been listening to them. 2 things jumped out at me. In person they look a lot bigger and kind of toyish. After listening for 2 hours they started to hurt so I decided to try the L-cushion. Slightly clearer but less comfortable. The thing I don't understand is the "consensus" that grado are bad for dubstep and classical. Those were the 2 genres I tried first and both sounded really good. Classical music sounded like you were front row (which I guess a lot of people may not like?) and dubstep sounds really good. With dubstep it sounded like the bass was heavy and you could still hear the other non-bass sounds prominently. I really am loving the sound but absolutely hating the comfort. I really want to keep these as "stock" looking as possible while improving the comfort. Any ideas? I was thinking about possibly taking the foam that the headphones came in and cutting them down into earpad size and then wrapping them in black velour. 

post #9937 of 13961
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Originally Posted by Folex View Post

For the past 5 years I've been dying to see what all the fuss is about grados. In that time I've owned sennheiser 202,280,419 and the 555; Audio Technica ad700, Denon 2000's and a bunch of others. I picked up a pair of SR80i last night and been listening to them. 2 things jumped out at me. In person they look a lot bigger and kind of toyish. After listening for 2 hours they started to hurt so I decided to try the L-cushion. Slightly clearer but less comfortable. The thing I don't understand is the "consensus" that grado are bad for dubstep and classical. Those were the 2 genres I tried first and both sounded really good. Classical music sounded like you were front row (which I guess a lot of people may not like?) and dubstep sounds really good. With dubstep it sounded like the bass was heavy and you could still hear the other non-bass sounds prominently. I really am loving the sound but absolutely hating the comfort. I really want to keep these as "stock" looking as possible while improving the comfort. Any ideas? I was thinking about possibly taking the foam that the headphones came in and cutting them down into earpad size and then wrapping them in black velour. 

you might want to try the G-cush bowls. the extra spacing from the driver make the soundstage and bass more prominent. theres also the tape mod that i hear improves bass response
post #9938 of 13961
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 For the past 5 years I've been dying to see what all the fuss is about grados. In that time I've owned sennheiser 202,280,419 and the 555; Audio Technica ad700, Denon 2000's and a bunch of others. I picked up a pair of SR80i last night and been listening to them. 2 things jumped out at me. In person they look a lot bigger and kind of toyish. After listening for 2 hours they started to hurt so I decided to try the L-cushion. Slightly clearer but less comfortable. The thing I don't understand is the "consensus" that grado are bad for dubstep and classical. Those were the 2 genres I tried first and both sounded really good. Classical music sounded like you were front row (which I guess a lot of people may not like?) and dubstep sounds really good. With dubstep it sounded like the bass was heavy and you could still hear the other non-bass sounds prominently. I really am loving the sound but absolutely hating the comfort. I really want to keep these as "stock" looking as possible while improving the comfort. Any ideas? I was thinking about possibly taking the foam that the headphones came in and cutting them down into earpad size and then wrapping them in black velour. 

You could stretch the headband. It will lessen the clamp. Really improved comfort for me. No more sore ears.

post #9939 of 13961
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Originally Posted by kidkardona View Post


you might want to try the G-cush bowls. the extra spacing from the driver make the soundstage and bass more prominent. theres also the tape mod that i hear improves bass response

 

Um - not in my experience with the lower end grados.  G-cush will increase comfort and sound stage - but bass diminishes, mids can sometimes get sucked out a little and the highs get hotter (tizzier).

 

 

@Folex - look up the 'sock mod' - it might help the comfort without killing the sound too much.  Other than that gently wash the pads with a fabric softener.  Thoroughly dry and try them on.

 

Also look at bending the headband out slightly to loosen the grip.

post #9940 of 13961

I may have stumbled onto something that both sounds good and comfortable. Sennheiser 555 pads and weather sealer tape. The only downside I am seeing now is the bass is almost too strong. The sennheiser 555 pads clip right on and I put the tape around the driver so that its padded too. The top of the 555 pads are touching right under my temple and the bottom part of the 555's aren't touching anything. Reminds me a little of the Sony MDR-MA900's.


Edited by Folex - 10/17/13 at 2:47pm
post #9941 of 13961
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Originally Posted by TheRedGourmet View Post
 

You could stretch the headband. It will lessen the clamp. Really improved comfort for me. No more sore ears.

right on!   this was a night and day difference with mine.  Grado's do not need clamp, at all.  Just enough pressure to stay on the ears.

 

I recommend not trying to bend from the center, but gently bend a bit on the sides.  this took me from hating them to like them, and eventually loving them.

post #9942 of 13961

Instead of bending the band (which is made from a spring metal), grab the band from right (above) the rod blocks on each side (not on them), then pull the band evenly and slowly into a straight line. Each time you do this (which will be several times), they will be more and more comfotable. I literally pulled my band a little at a time into a to a horizontal shape and hold it like that for about 15-20 seconds each time I do this, (DON'T KILL IT), be gentle. The end result is the cushions are now just laying over your ears with no pressure. Don't forget it's a spring metal, so this will have to be done whenever you start to feel the band returning to it original shape, but keep doing this and eventually the spring metal will stay the shape you want it to. All of my Grado headbands are U shaped, and very, very comfortable. you can take a look at their shapes on profile pictures.

post #9943 of 13961
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Instead of bending the band (which is made from a spring metal), grab the band from right (above) the rod blocks on each side (not on them), then pull the band evenly and slowly into a straight line. Each time you do this (which will be several times), they will be more and more comfotable. I literally pulled my band a little at a time into a to a horizontal shape and hold it like that for about 15-20 seconds each time I do this, (DON'T KILL IT), be gentle. The end result is the cushions are now just laying over your ears with no pressure. Don't forget it's a spring metal, so this will have to be done whenever you start to feel the band returning to it original shape, but keep doing this and eventually the spring metal will stay the shape you want it to. All of my Grado headbands are U shaped, and very, very comfortable. you can take a look at their shapes on profile pictures.

+1, awesome advice.  I do notice that they tighten a bit after a while, so this makes a lot of sense.

 

Thanks!

post #9944 of 13961

Your very welcome.

post #9945 of 13961

The sound is different, but the comfort is night and day. These put all the pressure on your head vs your ears. Whats crazy is the pads fit directly on without any mods. 

 

Edit: The headband pad is from a ruined 555. It works for the time being. I'm looking to get one custom made hopefully this weekend. 


Edited by Folex - 10/17/13 at 5:17pm
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